Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse (20th century experience)

Event title (long): 
Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse (20th century experience) - International Scientific Conference
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature & GCLA
Closing date for submissions: 
10 August, 2009
Event dates: 
07.10.2009 - 09.10.2009
Contact: (for Mariam Nebieridze)
Dear Colleagues!

We take great pleasure in inviting You to participate in an International Scientific Conference –“Totalitarianism and Literary Discourse (20th century experience)” about to be organized by the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature in partnership with Georgian Comparative Literature Association (GCLA). The conference will be held in October 7-8-9, 2009 with the support of the Foundation for Georgian Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences (Rustaveli Foundation).

The conference is dedicated to the analysis, evaluation, revision and reinterpretation of ongoing literary processes against the background of 20th century. In addition, the revision and classification of the tendencies of literary studies are emphasized.

Panel topics will include the following:

  • Myths and Stereotypes of Totalitarian Epoch;

  • Totalitarianism and Models of Alternative Thinking;

  • Literary Genres of the Epoch of Totalitarianism;

  • Totalitarian Text and the Concept of Leader;

  • Peculiarity of Interpretation of Creative Text under the Conditions of Totalitarian Regime; Dissident Literature;

  • Banned and Harmed Texts under the Conditions of Dictate Censorship;

  • Public and Intellectual Criticism;

  • Totalitarianism from Far-away Perspective (centre and emigration);

  • Formation and collapse of Totalitarian Text.

Working languages of the Conference are Georgian, English and Russian.

Call for Abstracts:

Paper titles, abstracts of no more than 250 words (in English) and filled registration forms (registration forms can be downloaded from the following website: should be sent electronically by August 10, 2009 to the Organizing Committee on the following email: (for Mariam Nebieridze)

Approved participants will receive an informational communiqué until August 1, 2009.

Registration fee for approved participants is 50 USD.

For further information contact the Organizing Committee on the above mentioned email.

Yours faithfully,

Organizing Committee

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